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Russian faces in Syria

Write By: admin Published In: Industry News Created Date: 2015-09-11 Hits: 1111 Comment: 0

Some of the Russian troops reportedly being sent to Syria are from the same brigade that helped annex Crimea

Some of the Russian troops reportedly being sent to Syria are from the same brigade that helped annex Crimea, according to a lengthy investigation conducted by Ruslan Leviev, a specialist in social-media intelligence.

The Kremlin has declined to comment, but, if true, "the deployment of an elite unit from Crimea, which inaugurated Russia's standoff with the West, is an intriguing choice," writes The Daily Beast's Michael Weiss.

"Moscow has spent enormous resources moving troops into Crimea and eastern Ukraine over the past year. Moving even some of them out of the area to a different conflict zone, particularly one outside of Europe, gives the lie that sanctions and diplomatic isolation have forced the Kremlin into compromise," Weiss writes.

"Rather, Russia appears ready and willing to take on multiple wars at once," he adds.

Russia initially said that it had only deployed "military experts" to Syria to help government forces learn how to use Russian military equipment.

But the Israeli defense minister and Reuters have confirmed that the Russians are taking part in the fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar Assad and building up their military presence in the western coastal province of Latakia.

Boris Zilberman, a Middle East and Russia expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Business Insider by email that he thinks it makes logistical sense that Russia would deploy a brigade from Crimea to Syria, since the eastern Mediterranean is the responsibility of Russia's Black Sea Fleet.

"It wouldn't make sense to deploy these types of troops from Kamchatka [in far east Russia], for instance," Zilberman said. "Also, seeing as how they've have recently participated in the annexation of Crimea, they are probably more combat-ready than others."

 

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